Associate Editor - Weird History

Los Angeles, California, United States Full-time

The Ranker Story:

Ranker is a new form of entertainment publisher with a unique crowd-sourced element. Our editors publish ranked lists on topics as broad as The Best Movies Of All Time to things as specific as the 10 Totally Weird Stranger Things Fan Theories That Could Explain Everything. Our readers vote, edit, and re-rank the stories as they see fit. Founded in 2009, the company made a number of breakthroughs in the last 18 months which has led to explosive growth, now reaching over 50MM unique visitors worldwide spending on average 5 minutes per visit – making Ranker the 3rd largest Entertainment site. Our business is driven primarily by programmatic advertising and is profitable.

Ranker is headquartered in LA and 70+ employees strong and growing.

Associate Editor, Weird History

We are currently looking for a history expert to join our Content Team as an Associate Editor. This is a great opportunity to edit smart and thoughtful articles on all things historical every day for a leading entertainment website, which also happens to be in the top 30 in all internet websites in the United States. Don't take our word for it, check it out at

This position will be focused on our Weird History brand:

Despite all this traffic, we do this with a small, talented team of 20 editors and about 100 freelance writers who love creating fun, interesting content every day. We built up our traffic the right way, by creating lists and stories that people love reading and sharing steadily over the past 6 years. Here are some examples of lists we create:

How Quickly Would You Die If You Suddenly Found Yourself In A Different Historical Era?

These Were The Ideal Beauty Standards For Men And Women Throughout The 20th Century

Raised To Hate: Here’s What North Korean Schoolkids Are Taught About America

The Tragic Life Of Juana Maria, The Lone Woman Of San Nicolas Island

Every Rule In The Code Duello, The Stupidest Way Men Used To Settle Beef

Reminder: Donald Trump Tried To Destroy The NFL 30 Years Ago—And Failed

All our successful Associate Editors have been able to hit the ground running, showing initiative and passion for the editorial process. Realistically, you’ll have to have:

  • At least 1 year of actual commercial editing experience, ideally for a fast-paced, content-driven website, responsible for generating several articles a day specific to history and historical topics.
  • Demonstrated and deep knowledge in all things history: we might quiz you on anything from the ~symbols~ in the ground at Pompeii to what the most popular recipes were during the Great Depression to who killed JFK.
  • Proven research skills and an in-depth knowledge of how to find interesting, new ideas and threads that can be turned into engaging Ranker lists, going beyond a rehashing of lists that exist elsewhere on the internet.
  • Experience assigning and managing assignments, especially with multiple freelance writers.
  • Photo skills - picking great images, cropping, etc. Creative Photoshop skills a plus.
  • We are ONLY considering those who are currently based in Los Angeles - this is an in-office position, high-touch content editing role. We will not consider candidates who are not currently in the Los Angeles area.

If this sounds exciting, here's what we need from you:

  • Current resume and completed application, including answers to all screening questions.
  • At least 3 writing and/or editorial samples that you’re proud of, as well as (if applicable) links to any social media properties you've helped program (you can put these links in your portfolio, or include them in your cover letter). All MUST be focused on historical topics.
  • A cover letter giving color/examples of how you meet and exceed the qualifications listed above. And yes, we are looking at your cover letter to get an idea of your writing style and history cred, so smart, thoughtful, and clever letters really stand out.

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